Regional Integration in Africa

Welcome back from the break! I took some holidays but also I attended a couple of conferences. One of them (the meeting of the Academy of International Business sub-Saharan Africa Chapter) took place in August in Johannesburg (Jo’burg to friends). It was a fantastic opportunity to share ideas with scholars and business people based or interested in sub-Saharan Africa.

Entering South Africa proved to be a different experience for Africans and non-Africans. Africans had to get a visa in their country – a process which is a pain in the neck. Those from Western countries didn’t need any visa at all. Only five African countries (Seychelles, Mozambique, Rwanda,Comoros,Madagascar) offer visa-free access or visas on arrival to other Africans . This is a reflection of one of the themes that came across repeatedly during the conference discussions: there’s a pressing need for more Regional Integration in Africa. (Read full article on Africa from Africa blog)


Africa Ariño

By Africa Ariño, professor in the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School. Dr. Ariño received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).